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The Vault of Feeling

Shane Barry
Kevin Stevens’s assured new novel explores the difficulties faced by a young immigrant of Arab and Muslim background in small-town America, difficulties which include racism and the weight of overbearing tradition, but which can be countered by friendship, love and art.
Nov 9, 2015, 08:57 AM

Philosophy in UCD

Attracta Ingram and Clara Fischer
What kind of place was Dublin’s main university for Catholic students at a time when Ireland was just beginning to be affected by the youth and other revolutions and when the Catholic Church was at the very beginning of a process of relaxing control? Extracts from an interview.
Nov 9, 2015, 08:51 AM

Bad Blood

Frank Freeman
The ‘blood libel’, the notion that Jews were kidnapping and murdering Christian children for ritual purposes, was not created by poor and ignorant people but rather by rich and powerful ones, who found the persecution and murder of Jews sometimes suited their interests.
Nov 9, 2015, 08:41 AM

Boomtime Rot

Aiden O’Reilly
Dermot Bolger knows his characters, knows the schools they went to in the 1970s, the kind of parents they had, the parents’ world of the 1940s. But he also knows their teenage children born in the 90s, the slang they use and the changed dynamic of romantic relationships.
Nov 8, 2015, 14:30 PM

A Different Kind of Nothing

Siobhán Parkinson
Paul Murray’s new novel is fiendishly clever, loosely yet convincingly plotted, as brash and vulgar at times as the world it portrays. It is wild, playful, baggy, perverse, exaggerated, carnivalesque; but it is endlessly engaging, riotously funny and devastatingly serious.
Nov 8, 2015, 12:55 PM

Hiss! Boo! Take it off!

Adrian Hardiman
The noisy censure of a dramatic performance must, in legal principle, be the expression of the feelings of the moment. If it is premeditated ‘by a number of persons confederated beforehand’ it becomes criminal. Such was the background to the ‘Playboy’ riots of 1907.
Nov 8, 2015, 12:39 PM

The Road to Paris

Diarmuid Torney
Wind energy is now cost-competitive without supports with fossil fuels in several countries, and solar energy too is closing the cost gap. Partly as a result of these developments, global climate politics is more complicated ‑ but also arguably more positive ‑ than ten or even five years ago.
Nov 8, 2015, 12:16 PM

Capitalism’s Futures

John Bradley
Despite a long period of what has seemed to be constant crisis, predictions of the death of capitalism may still be off the mark. This is not by any means to say that it is in good health. We must address its pathologies, and this is a task that should not be left to economists alone.
Nov 8, 2015, 12:06 PM

An End to Smiting

Joe Humphreys
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks argues that it is in a literal interpretation of ‘holy books’ that fundamentalism thrives. He calls for the training of a generation of religious leaders and educators who embrace the world in its diversity and sacred texts in their maximal generosity.
Nov 8, 2015, 11:50 AM

No Homes To Go To

Luke Gibbons
Dorothy Macardle was a friend of de Valera, an historian of the idea of the Irish Republic and a novelist. Her story ‘The Uninvited’, memorably filmed in 1944 with Ray Milland, is a haunted house tale set in Cornwall but with Irish undertones. It is reprinted this month.
Nov 8, 2015, 11:39 AM

Truculent Priest

Seamus O’Mahony
In a series of radical critiques published in the 1970s Ivan Illich questioned educational practice, managerialism and the medical profession. Though he could be arrogant, inconsistent and even plain silly, Illich had important things to say about modernity.
Nov 8, 2015, 11:10 AM

Awkward Voices

Pauline Hall
A new biographical study focuses on four nationalist intellectuals who at first seemed to support the Easter Rising and the War of Independence but afterwards questioned if it had been worthwhile: Eimar O’Duffy, PS O’Hegarty, George Russell (AE) and Desmond Ryan.
Nov 8, 2015, 11:05 AM

Really, I’m Stuffed

John Fanning
The drive for material goods may well be too deeply entrenched in human beings to be eliminated but perhaps a consciousness that we now have material prosperity beyond our spiritual competence to deal with could lead to more considered patterns of consumption.
Nov 8, 2015, 10:54 AM

If You Liked This ...

Matthew Parkinson-Bennett
The eminent Milanese writer and publisher Roberto Calasso, chairman of Adelphi Edizioni, has an unusual recipe for commercial success: publish only books that you think are of the highest quality, and become known for publishing only books of the highest quality.
Nov 8, 2015, 10:48 AM

Home From Cyberia

Alexandra Slaby
In a world in which we are offered so much instant gratification by technology, in which we have become hooked to it to an unprecedented degree, the self is not augmented but depleted. And we are so distracted that we don’t even notice that happening.
Nov 8, 2015, 10:40 AM